SEC close to approving new rules for game rescheduling

Posted 1/10/17

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey is close to having full authority to reschedule league games.

Sankey said Sunday that SEC athletic directors voted unanimously …

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SEC close to approving new rules for game rescheduling

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey is close to having full authority to reschedule league games.

Sankey said Sunday that SEC athletic directors voted unanimously last month to approve a regulation that would give the commissioner unilateral control, something he didn’t have when LSU and Florida were in an acrimonious stalemate amid Hurricane Matthew.

Current league rules dictate that rescheduling must be agreed upon by both schools involved, with Sankey serving as a mediator. It created a less-than-ideal situation in October , with LSU refusing to give up a home game and Florida eventually being forced to play on the road to stay in the Eastern Division title hunt.

Coaches tout new rules about

NFL underclassmen scouting

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney say new rules regarding how NFL teams can evaluate underclassmen should provide players with better information on whether to go pro.

The American Football Coaches Association and the NFL reached an agreement last year that allows underclassmen who are returning for another season of college football to participate in pro days at their schools. That will allow scouts and coaches to begin the evaluation process earlier. Each school is allowed to have five underclassmen participate, though it can request to have more.

The change should give the NFL’s college advisory committee more information and allow it to provide better feedback when underclassmen request evaluations.

Swinney gave Saban credit for spearheading the change. Saban it is about helping players make good business decisions.

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